Friday, June 21, 2013

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

I was out in the yard this week breaking up twigs for my rabbits and I saw one of these yellow bellied sapsucker birds up in the tree. I knew what it was from the sound alone that it makes and what kind of pest they can be too, even if they are a very innocent looking bird.

They are part of the woodpecker family and they are very destructive when it comes to trees, destroying over 250 different species of trees in the process of getting sap and insects from them. Even with there destructive nature, they are still a great find while in the yard or out in nature as they tend to get shy when people and other animals are around.

The one above me in the tree was anything but shy, as it continued on its task at hand of boring a hole in the tree at an incredible rate of speed. It was great company as I listened and continued with my daily errands.

Happy trails!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rabbits Against Magic

This is a cute comic strip I came across late last year and being I love rabbits and everything that has to do with them, this comic of Eightball and Weenus makes me smile each time I read it. Not all of them are funny like some comics are meant to do all the time as you have to read between the lines so to speak to understand what they are talking about, but it's a good read each day, plus reading them daily helps too as it continues on each day most of the time.

I read all of my comics online at GoComics which is where this one comes from, as does my favorite Calvin and Hobbes, and if you want a cute read of cuddly bunnies with some attitude and sarcasm, this one I recommend. It's written and drawn by Jonathon Lemon who I think does a good job with this strip for being his first comic. Click on link to see Rabbits Against Magic at GoComics. Happy trails!!

Kitten On A Mission

Look at this cute kitten. Isn't he/she adorable as ever? When I first saw it I wanted to reach out and hold it in my arms it's so cute looking.

The more I looked at this picture the more I thought about it and what the kitten is doing. It has that look of determination like it's on a mission of some kind and was going to win no matter what.

What do you think of when you see it? Does it make you smile? It made me smile instantly and I'm still smiling! :)

Happy trails everyone!

To Kill a Mockingbird or Not

This was sent to my phone this week by a friend and I got a big chuckle from it as I looked at the kitty and the look on it's face, and what book it was reading. Too funny! I don't know where this originated at but whoever made it deserves a big thank you and a big hug too, as it made my day and my friends too as I sent it to them all.

Happy trails everyone!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Calvin Grows Up

This depiction of Calvin as a grown up young man takes me back to when my mom died almost 12 years ago and it can make you sad in a way, but happy too, as I have often opened old boxes of my old toys and dolls, and some things my mom had too when she was younger and reflect on my younger self, just as Calvin is doing as he reflects back to his good friend Hobbes.

If you didn't know already, Calvin and Hobbes is my favorite cartoon to read and laugh upon.

Happy Trails!!

Giraffe Necked Weevil

This is a cool looking insect. Have a closer look at it and you will see it's an insect you don't see very often if at all. This particular species lives in Madagascar, Africa and I've seen one there when I was in Africa last year. They are very small, just under an inch in length, the males having a longer neck than the females, most 2 to 3 times larger. When breeding, the females lays one egg, much like a chicken does, just not multiple ones. For only being an inch long, it gives the appearance of being a bad-ass bug of the beetle family of insects.

Happy Trails!!

*** Photo taken and courtesy of British photographer Dale Morris with

Sea Eagle's

Sea Eagle's. Have you ever heard of one? I hadn't until last year when I was researching another bird and I when I came across it I was a little surprised I'd not heard of it before, so I did some research lately on them and found some very interesting facts about them I wanted to share with everyone.  

Pictured above is the white-tailed sea eagle in Scotland, as it snatches a fish from the water. White-tailed sea eagles became extinct in Britain in early to mid part of the 1910's, between 1915 to 1917, and the species disappeared from the wild for over 50 years!!! It wasn't until 1975 that the first reintroduction was carried out, with a total of 140 birds returning to the wild over the course of 20 years. These birds have gone on to establish a very large population of over 80 breeding pairs in and around the islands of Scotland. That's cool.

Happy Trails!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bug Stompers

I can see it now, someone is walking on a sidewalk or some other place and they stomp on a bug for no reason what so ever. Why do they do that? Did the bug hurt them? Insult them? Scream at them? Kick them? Call them a name? No they didn't, so why do some people do it at all? It's plain being mean is how I see it. I have asked people in the past why they stomped on the bug and they shrug there shoulders at me and move on.

I can see killing a roach or even a house fly, as they carry germs, but butterflies and caterpillars, grasshoppers and lizards, they can do no harm nor do they carry germs, so the ones reading this that have squashed, mashed, and killed bugs for no reason at all, think to yourself, what are you going to say to God when he asks you why you killed one of his creations for no reason? If you don't believe in God, that's your own decision, but that doesn't give you the right to kill for the simple reason of killing. It's wrong!

Most house spiders are not harmful. The little spiders living in the corners of your room are your friends as they kill the little insects that get in and help keep your room clean. When you kill them, it's like killing the maid in a round about way. The larger spiders around your house, most are not harmful but they can be if they feel threatened, and so I can see ridding them from your house, but not killing them.

Ants are good and bad depending on the color of them. Larger Red and Black ants you don't want around as most will attack you first, so yes, getting rid of them is best. Bee's and other such stingers, they are pests and that's all, as most won't harm you if you leave them alone. Yellow Jackets, they are moody and some attack while others don't, but don't kill them for no reason. Don't piss them off when trying to kill them, as they have many friends who stand by them. Some will travel for miles to get revenge.

All the other insects, most are harmless. Please don't kill them as they are my friends just as all the animals in nature are. There are many mean and nasty animals in the wild, but that doesn't give anyone a reason to just kill them for the heck of it. Treat bugs and insects the same. They have a job here on the planet just as we do.

Happy Trails!      

RSS and Google Reader

From my last post about Google Reader being axed forever not much else has changed as they go bye bye on July 1st, so I have added my RSS Feed just to the left so you can add me to whatever reader you might be using once Google Reader bites the dust. I'm still lost on why they want to get rid of it but hey, life goes on and there are other readers we can all use. I'm using NetVibes and I love it. I can add my own feeds and also pick from there many thousands of feeds to add to my reader page. It can't get any easier than what they have to offer. Check them out. NetVibes Reader

Oh btw, you can subscribe to my posts only or the comments only near the bottom of the left sidebar too. That might vanish too from some gossip I've been hearing. More on that later. 

Happy Trails!!